Genetically Modified Foods
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Know Your GMOs! aka Genetically Modified Foods
The Ugly: I’m going to begin and end with the ugly, because that is what genetically modified foods are. (IMHO) Please read this entire article, facts you should know. Let me give you the ‘reader’s digest’ version of the Ugly about genetically modified foods. GMOs are slowly making us sick and yes- killing us. Below I have posted a documentary that will give you the full picture. Essentially, GMO seeds are infused with poison (the same poison as in Round-up, the terrific stuff that kills weeds dead). When a bug eats corn for instance, the bug eats the corn and his stomach explodes and it dies. WE ARE EATING the SAME CORN. The Cows the You EAT are being Fed the same GMO- Poisoned- corn. Get the picture?? You may have heard the term ‘Round-up Corn‘. Now you know what it is.
The ‘Good’: GMO is short for Genetically Modified Organisms. Genetically modified foods is what we are talking about here today. A GMO plant has been genetically altered and is most often found in crops such as corn, soybeans, cotton and canola. The plants are modified using genetic engineering techniques. The main purpose for this is to resist herbicides. The benefit is for farmers, for less work so more crops can be harvested. There is Nothing ‘Good’ to those of us eating these foods. The Bad: One major problem with GMOs is that once planted, they run the risk of contaminating other crops planted nearby. This is called ‘Genetic Pollution’. Up to 80% of organic farmers in the Midwest (where there are millions of acres of GM corn and soybean crops) reported genetically modified foods planted in the area bring GMOs to fields where they are not wanted. Winds and water runoff are full of seeds and easily plant themselves into their organic farmland and produce unwanted genetically modified food plants. Often the farmers don’t know this has happened.
More Bad: Congress gave the FDA the authority to regulate non-meat foods. Meat safety is at USDA. FDA and USDA are not going to be combined into a new food safety agency. FDA has too much to do with too little money and it faces budget cuts unless Congress fixes things. The FDA addressed the outcry by folks for labeling. FDA does not label, unless mandated by Congress (like the Nutrition Facts) for information that they think important to the public to know. As for GMOs, the FDA ruled that there was no scientific difference between GMO and non-GMO foods. Therefore, there was no need for labeling. You can argue the facts, you can argue the law, but the Courts have upheld FDA’s ability to make these decisions. Is public comment rule-making perfect? No. Does everyone have a right to be heard? Yes. Does everyone agree with FDA? Never, but life goes on and the agency regulates, too much for some, too little for others . Should we be mad as hell? You bet we should. Read on- there’s hope!
Genetically Modified Foods Labeling Program
From a recent NY Times article: ‘Genetic Changes to Food May Get Uniform Labeling’. Executives from Pepsi-Co Con-Agra and about 20 other major food companies, as well as Wal-Mart and advocacy groups that favor labeling, attended a meeting in January in Washington. The results have brought about actions in Washington State, Connecticut, Vermont, New Mexico and Missouri, and a growing consumer boycott of some organic or “natural” brands owned by major food companies. Roughly 20 states are considering labeling requirements. Regardless of any legal *requirement*, if a consumer wants to know the origin of their food, they should not have to fight for the info. If Stevie Wonder decides he wants to wear blue, but his assistant thinks it doesn’t matter since he can’t see the difference anyway, doesn’t Mr. Wonder still have the right to be dressed in the color of his choice? Go to the website below, watch the info and sign the petition. The Ugly. The VERY Ugly. As it stands right now there is not enough NON Genetically modified foods to feed the nation. Monsanto’s patent on seeds and their mafia tactics in taking out organic farmers would be responsible for not enough non-GMO supply, and they should be accountable for the crime of that. To learn the role that Monsanto has in all of this genetically modified foods subject, please visit http://geneticroulettemovie.com/ Never-Before-Seen-Evidence points to genetically engineered foods as a major contributor to rising disease rates in the US population, especially among children. Gastrointestinal disorders, allergies, inflammatory diseases, and infertility are just some of the problems implicated in humans, pets, livestock, and lab animals that eat genetically modified soybeans and corn.
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